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6 Day East Cape Caper Small Group Coach

Days
6

Pricing From
$2590

North Island
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Overview

Get in touch with the way New Zealand once was.  Discover the road less travelled around the superbly stunning East Cape to Hicks Bay before heading for Gisborne and the famous Rotorua.  Not forgetting the excellent local hospitality to keep you happy and comfortable along the way.

Included Sightseeing & Exploring

  • Cruise over the Hauraki Plains to Waihi.
  • Stunning ocean views along the dramatic coastal highway.
  • White Island, an active volcano, is in view.
  • Te Araroa’s huge pohutakawa tree.
  • Mt Hikurangi, the first place in New Zealand to see the sunrise.
  • Anaura Bay a pristine East Coast beach with golden sand.
  • Discover the pretty seaside town of Gisborne.
  • Kaiti Bay that marks the spot where Captain Cook landed in 1769.
  • Drive through the beautiful native forests of Waioeka Gorge.
  • The bush-clad shores of Lake Rotoma and Lake Rotoiti.
  • Tour past the Green Lake and Blue Lake to Lake Tarawera.

Gisborne, New Zealand

Gisborne, New Zealand

Gisborne, New Zealand

Gisborne, New Zealand

Opotiki, New Zealand

Opotiki, New Zealand

Rotorua Museum, New Zealand

Rotorua Museum, New Zealand

Tolaga Bay, New Zealand

Tolaga Bay, New Zealand

Lake Tarawera, New Zealand

Lake Tarawera, New Zealand

Itinerary

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Day 1Auckland - Whakatane

Your Kiwi guide meets you this morning. We’re heading Eastwards! Down the southern motorway and over the Hauraki Plains and through the dramatic Karangahake Gorge to Waihi for a stroll in this historic goldmining town.

Continuing south we drive to Mt Maunganui for lunch, and visit a kiwifruit orchard to hear the history of this important industry. We continue to Whakatane, and our waterfront motel just opposite the Whakatane Wharf. We dine out this evening. 

Day 2Whakatane - Hicks Bay

After breakfast we drive to Ohope Beach and down the coast to Opotiki. There are stunning ocean views along the dramatic coastal highway. Forty-eight kilometres offshore, White Island, an active and sometimes steaming volcano, is in view as we make our way to the old whaling settlement of Te Kaha.

After lunch we continue on to the East Cape Manuka Company, pioneers of Manuka oil. We dine in at Hicks Bay Motel Lodge this evening.

Day 3Hicks Bay - Gisborne

We visit Te Araroa’s huge pohutakawa tree and St Mary’s, a beautifully decorated church built in 1926 as a memorial to the soldiers of Ngati Porou who died in World War I. Mt Hikurangi, the first place to see the sunrise, dominates the landscape.

Tokomaru and Tologa Bay Wharves are relics of the days when the sea provided easier access than roads. At Anaura Bay we lunch at “Rangimarie” to enjoy Judy Newell’s hospitality and the magical views. We stay two nights in Gisborne.

Day 4Gisborne

Discover the pretty town of Gisborne including the wonderful surf beaches that draw the summer crowds. We visit the granite memorial at Kaiti Bay that marks the spot where Captain Cook landed in 1769 and also Tairawhiti Museum which features major Maori and Captain Cook displays.

Lunch at Bushmere Estate vineyard and visit world-renowned Eastwoodhill Arboretum, 65 hectares of trees and shrubs. A special vehicle transports us around the gardens. Dine in Gisborne this evening.

Day 5Gisborne - Rotorua

We visit Prof Jack Richard's and Won Gyu Moon's stunning coastal garden, Tiromoana, at Wainui Beach then drive through the beautiful native forests of the Waioeka Gorge. We stop for lunch in the seaside town of Opotiki before travelling westward to Rotorua, passing by the bush-clad shores of Lake Rotoma and Lake Rotoiti. In the summertime both lakes are popular holiday spots.

On arrival at your hotel you could enjoy a dip in the indoor thermal pools. We dine in the hotel.

Day 6Rotorua - Auckland

This morning we sightsee in Rotorua including the Museum's gardens and the geothermal activity in Kuirau Park.

We enjoy a farewell lunch hosted by our Rotorua friends Karen and David Walmsley in the one of kind setting of Te Wairoa Buried Village. Our homeward journey passes through Tirau and Cambridge before reaching Auckland in the late afternoon.

Cost per person

2020 - 2021
Twin:   NZ$2,590
Single: NZ$2,990

20% Deposit per person on booking, balance 60 days before departure

Baggage Please note:  Try to keep to one suitcase weighing around 23kgs and one small carry on bag. 

Pricing: Single share price is base on one person in a single room. Twin share price is based on 2 people sharing one room.

 
  • Payment can be made by cheque, internet banking, Visa or Mastercard.
  • Please note, payments made by credit card will incur an additional merchant fee of 2%.

Cancellations and amendments

Cancellation fees depend on when we receive notice of your cancellation:

  • The 20% deposit is not refundable and not transferable.
  • Bookings cancelled between 59 days and 45 days incur 50% of tour cost.
  • Bookings cancelled between 44 days and 31 days incur 75% of tour cost.
  • Bookings cancelled within 30 days or less of tour departure incur 100% of tour cost.
  • No refunds will be made after travel has commenced.

Itinerary

Open All
Day 1Auckland - Whakatane

Your Kiwi guide meets you this morning. We’re heading Eastwards! Down the southern motorway and over the Hauraki Plains and through the dramatic Karangahake Gorge to Waihi for a stroll in this historic goldmining town.

Continuing south we drive to Mt Maunganui for lunch, and visit a kiwifruit orchard to hear the history of this important industry. We continue to Whakatane, and our waterfront motel just opposite the Whakatane Wharf. We dine out this evening. 

Day 2Whakatane - Hicks Bay

After breakfast we drive to Ohope Beach and down the coast to Opotiki. There are stunning ocean views along the dramatic coastal highway. Forty-eight kilometres offshore, White Island, an active and sometimes steaming volcano, is in view as we make our way to the old whaling settlement of Te Kaha.

After lunch we continue on to the East Cape Manuka Company, pioneers of Manuka oil. We dine in at Hicks Bay Motel Lodge this evening.

Day 3Hicks Bay - Gisborne

We visit Te Araroa’s huge pohutakawa tree and St Mary’s, a beautifully decorated church built in 1926 as a memorial to the soldiers of Ngati Porou who died in World War I. Mt Hikurangi, the first place to see the sunrise, dominates the landscape.

Tokomaru and Tologa Bay Wharves are relics of the days when the sea provided easier access than roads. At Anaura Bay we lunch at “Rangimarie” to enjoy Judy Newell’s hospitality and the magical views. We stay two nights in Gisborne.

Day 4Gisborne

Discover the pretty town of Gisborne including the wonderful surf beaches that draw the summer crowds. We visit the granite memorial at Kaiti Bay that marks the spot where Captain Cook landed in 1769 and also Tairawhiti Museum which features major Maori and Captain Cook displays.

Lunch at Bushmere Estate vineyard and visit world-renowned Eastwoodhill Arboretum, 65 hectares of trees and shrubs. A special vehicle transports us around the gardens. Dine in Gisborne this evening.

Day 5Gisborne - Rotorua

We visit Prof Jack Richard's and Won Gyu Moon's stunning coastal garden, Tiromoana, at Wainui Beach then drive through the beautiful native forests of the Waioeka Gorge. We stop for lunch in the seaside town of Opotiki before travelling westward to Rotorua, passing by the bush-clad shores of Lake Rotoma and Lake Rotoiti. In the summertime both lakes are popular holiday spots.

On arrival at your hotel you could enjoy a dip in the indoor thermal pools. We dine in the hotel.

Day 6Rotorua - Auckland

This morning we sightsee in Rotorua including the Museum's gardens and the geothermal activity in Kuirau Park.

We enjoy a farewell lunch hosted by our Rotorua friends Karen and David Walmsley in the one of kind setting of Te Wairoa Buried Village. Our homeward journey passes through Tirau and Cambridge before reaching Auckland in the late afternoon.

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